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Strategic Relocation--North American Guide to Safe Places, 3rd Edition Perfect Paperback – March 1, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1568612621 ISBN-10: 1568612621 Edition: Third

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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Joel Skousen Designs; Third edition (March 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1568612621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1568612621
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (193 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Joel Skousen has served as a relocation consultant for over 30 years designing high security residences and retreats. He is the chief designer at the Secure Home Design Group and author of The Secure Home. He has traveled widely and speaks multiple foreign languages and also publishes the World Affairs Brief, a weekly news analysis service.

Andrew Skousen, co-author, is a practicing structural engineer who regularly consults and designs for The Secure Home Design Group. Andrew contributed most of the new research, graphics, tables and much of the content.

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This is a great book, very well written, organized and informative!
Anthony Cellitti
This book gives you political/economic information, as well as demographics.
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Those who aren't will get their heads on straight if they DO read this book.
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173 of 176 people found the following review helpful By mamaBeagles on May 20, 2011
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If you are trying to stem the tide of trouble by relocating, this is an excellent book to help you pick the safest place. It also includes some other places in the world to live. By comparison, the US is more free and contains more natural resources. The books explains how each state lines up to the safety measures and rates them 1-5. 5 is the best and guess which get the best... UT and ID. Check this book out for which cities are best and in which states as well as advice on whether the state your in is best to bunker down in. Lots of color maps are included for each state showing natural resources, spots more likely to get bombed, etc...
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101 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Owned and Loved by Schnauzers on July 22, 2011
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While the authors' intended this book as a helpful resource for those wanting to relocate for safety and security reasons -- after buying it and reading it, I wish we had read it forty years ago. The book examines in detail, various regions in the United States (and elsewhere), where you may be thinking of buying a home.

Their maps of various states include everything a future home-owner really should be aware of, before they purchase a home, or even make an offer.

Yes, buy it, if Security is your main concern. But make sure you buy it, if you are about to buy your FIRST home, as well.

Very well done. Highly recommended.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By George Randy on May 2, 2011
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Obviously alot of research has gone into Mr. Skousens 3rd edition update of this great reference book. I especially liked his discussion of prepardness and personal/family security in the early chapters and the colored reference maps toward the end, as well as his coverage of the whole USA, including where I live in the Eastern US. The other fine book on the market, Rawles on Retreats and Relocation, discounts anything East of the Mississippi as a consideration for a security retreat, so having a professional analysis of my area was particularly helpful. Many friends have asked to borrow the book. I highly recommend it.
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Actually about 4.5 stars and it would have been 5 stars, were it not for the conspiratorial world view i.e. I believe that there may well be, and likely are, all sorts of unseen things moving below the surface, but I don't buy their particular take on what they might be.

I am aware of no other comprehensive book on this subject other than perhaps the apparently outdated 2007, "Rawles On Retreats and Relocation," which I have not seen, but Joel M. Skousen's 2011, large format, 3rd edition of "Strategic Relocation: North American Guide to Safe Places'" is a high quality, well-designed, 348 page paperback that is very impressive, and has obviously been researched and produced with a great deal of effort, care, and attention to detail; particularly impressive and useful are the close to a hundred large, very clear, and informative, mostly full color maps that are found throughout this book. At $35 dollars it is a great bargain, and offers information in both narrative and visual form that you won't find laid out so usefully and comprehensively elsewhere, information that would take you--on your own--a very long time to find, to sift through and evaluate, to organize, and to present in very useable, easily comprehensible form, as has been done here. I particularly liked their insights on the influence of geography and natural travel paths on site selection.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Aski on October 9, 2011
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I'm not so much a survivalist person, just interested in survival tactics and gear. I might not be the kind of audience that the authors intended this book to be for, but I must say that this guide is fascinating from cover to cover. I don't know how accurate the information is because it would be a lot of research to really fact check all the details, but it's written so well that I don't question it. Even though this guide is jammed pack with maps and statistical data, it's not boring. It's not like you are reading an encyclopedia or anything, this book is as compelling as any top selling novel is.

The best chapters in this book are the ones that breakdown every state with statistics for not only climate and population, but also for taxes and local government. This is definitely the guide to get if you are curious about every state's tax system. I was quite surprised how extensive all the data that was gathered. And I also liked the first chapters that talked about the big survival issues such as natural disasters, war, and social unrest both in American and around the globe -- all fascinating stuff. I found the earthquake zone map something that I will reference for a long time.

If you are obsessed with survival, are planning a road trip, or are preparing for a zombie invasion, get STRATEGIC RELOCATION. I would say this is the best book I have purchased all year. If the 4th edition comes out, I'll be buying that immediately.
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